Looks like we’re set for a Democratic primary contest next year in the second congressional district. Two fine candidates, Byron De Lear and Mike Garman, hope to challenge the political dinosaur currently holding the office.
Mike Garman is a St. Charles resident with deep roots in that community, a member of the St. Charles Ambulance board and a district director of the St. Charles Ambulance District. Because his job constantly forces him to see the suffering of people who lack health care, he is above all concerned with that issue.
The kitchen table issues of jobs, social security, and education concern him greatly. For example, he wants the labor laws enforced again as they have not been since Reagan’s tenure, and he feels that the lack of government health care is costing Americans their jobs because American companies cannot compete with foreign companies who don’t have to offer their workers health care.
Byron De Lear was raised in St. Louis, but has spent most of his adult life in California working as a producer in music, television, and radio. After 9/11 he became so interested in politics and world peace that he ended up running as a green party candidate for a congressional seat. His opinions are progressive down the line, but he focuses most often on Bush’s constitutional depradations and on the problems of the Middle East. (See one of his comments on this blog here.)
When he was in St. Louis for a visit last summer, Susan Cunningham, the president of the West County Dems, urged him to consider running against Akin. He thought that possibility over for a couple of months, checking out whether he could gain enough support to make a credible challenge, and decided to do it. He has moved back to West St. Louis County to lay the groundwork for his campaign and has been attending Democratic political events all over St. Louis and St. Charles counties.
Having Byron De Lear and Mike Garman as candidates is an embarrassment of riches, and we’ll have more to say about each of them in upcoming blog postings.
Still, knocking Todd Akin out of that seat will take some doing. It’s a district full of well-to-do, committed Republicans. Perhaps it can be done, though. St. Charles has more Democrats than it’s had in a long time, and plenty of swing voters are disgusted with Bush and his clones.
May the best man win the primary. The best man in the general will be the Democrat.